Days before Western airstrikes against the Syrian regime last week, Israel is believed to have carried out its own attack on the regime's T4 airbase in central Syria on April 9.
The trouble is, Assad deserves much worse, and he's not going to get it-not from the United States, nor from the West more generally. There may be several explanations to the action the U.S took on the night between 13-14 April. In fact, Culture Minister Miri Regev in January promised this as the theme of the nation's 70th anniversary celebration, with the tagline "A Legacy of Innovation". Israel's military spokesman declined to comment. This has allowed Iran and Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah militia to entrench even closer to the border with Israel.
Iran, along with Damascus and its big-power backer Russian Federation, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on a Syrian air base, T-4, that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members. A year earlier in March 2016, the IAF hit a Hezbollah weapons convoy that had just picked up Iranian arms at the T-4 base.
Donald Trump launched air strikes on Syria over the weekend, and you may have noticed the reviews from Israel and its friends. There is definitely a clash of interests, threat perceptions and a no agreement of how to handle the Iranian presence, designs and operations in Syria.
Israel also has said that Iranians should stay away from the Jordanian border and that Syria should not become a permanent home to Iranian forces.
"This is the first time we saw Iran do something against Israel - not by proxy", a senior Israeli military source told me. Gen. Ronen Manelis, said Friday that the flight path and Israel's analysis of the drone indicated that "the aircraft was carrying explosives" and that its mission was "an act of sabotage in Israeli territory". Hezbollah's warnings reflect the point of view of Tehran and are a forewarning to Israel. The Kremlin announced that the phone call covered various issues, including what it called the Israeli attack on the T-4 air base in Syria. Moreover, the immediate Iranian threat may not affect Israel at all.
The missiles attack by the U.S, France and the U.K has not changed these fundamentals.The U.S is Israel's ally but the policies and actions of the U.S in Syria are hardly influenced by Israel.
The US, British and French attacks on Syrian army positions, were according to the three countries launched to deter the Syrian government from using chemical weapons after their alleged use in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, on the eve of the withdrawal of "Jaysh al-Islam" fighters.
The Iran-Israel war of words about Syria, therefore, is played out as carefully as a game of chess.
Following a solemn remembrance of Israel's fallen on Wednesday as part of Memorial Day commemorations, Israelis kicked off celebration.